MANAGE PMS WITH AYURVEDA


Womanhood is to be celebrated at all stages of life. Unfortunately, some of us are unable to enjoy the real essence of womanhood just because of the physical, mental and emotional turmoil we will have to undergo throughout our reproductive life. An important contributing factor of this being, menstrual irregularities.

The irregularities can be due to a variety of causes indicating any kind of menstrual disorders. The disorders can be PMS, PMDD, Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Menorrhagia,  Menometrorrhagia and so on.

Although each individual may experience symptoms of all of these differently, the presenting complaints might be complimentary to each other.

Let’s discuss about PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) here.

PMS refers to the physical, mental, emotional disturbances that females experience right before or during their menstrual cycle.

The exact cause of PMS is unknown. Some of the important symptoms of PMS include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Changes in appetite
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea,
  • Skin issues (like acne)
  • Psychological symptoms (depression, anxiety, mood swings)
  • Emotional instability
  • Headache
  • Visual disturbances
  • Diminished libido
  • Fatigue

However, we in Ayurveda, categorize it based on the increased doshic involvement.

  • Vata type PMS symptoms include  low backache, lower abdominal pain, distention, anxiety, fear, insomnia, and mood swings.
  • Pitta-type PMS characterized by tenderness in the breasts, urethritis, hives, hot flashes, irritability, and sometimes a burning sensation when passing urine.
  • Kapha-type breasts become enlarged and tender as PMS involves water retention and sleepiness. The woman may get nauseous or vomit just before or during her cycles.

PMS can be treated successfully using the following treatment modalities and lifestyle modifications.

In all cases, start the preventive program one week before the anticipated time of your period.

FOR VATA  TYPE PMS

  • Drink dashamoola tea (½ teaspoon dashamoola in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes). Take twice a day.
  • You can also consume1 tablespoon aloe vera gel with a pinch of black pepper, 3 times a day before food.

FOR PITTA  TYPE PMS

  • Take a teaspoon full, sukumara grutham or dadimadya grutham on the empty stomach in the mornings.
  • Consume Aloe-Vera gel (1 tablespoon) with a pinch of cumin powder is also effective.

FOR KAPHA-TYPE PMS

  • Before the expected onset of your period, consume about 10 cherries daily on an empty stomach.
  • You can also consume1 tablespoon aloe-vera gel along with a pinch of trikatu (equal amounts of black pepper, pippali and ginger can be considered as a traditional Ayurvedic formula).

General recommendations

  • Warm pure cow’s ghee and instill it into your nostrils (5 drops in each nostril). This will stimulate natural hormones and help regulate balance of the system.
  • When there is abdominal bloating and cramps, warm castor oil pack on the lower abdomen is recommended. Castor oil slowly produces sustained heat that is soothing and healing.
  • Take 3 tablespoons of castor oil to warm up and pour it onto a handkerchief or other soft cloth, spreading it equally on the cloth. Place this compress on the lower abdomen. Or you could just pour a few drops (5-10 drops) of it on your navel. Take a hot water bottle and you may place it on top of the pack to keep it warm.

FOR PREVENTION

1) Exercise regularly. During the month, be sure to have regular exercise including half an hour of walking or other aerobic exercise.

2) Yoga and stretches are also beneficial.

3) Breathing exercises, pranayama and meditation are also important in tackling mood swings.

During the actual menstrual period, Ayurveda suggests no exercise or yoga. As much as possible, just rest, read, and relax!

4) A well balanced diet is inevitable in combating premenstrual symptoms.

5) Adequate sleep and rest are also necessary.

6) Hydrating your body is equally important especially during your periods.

Have a happy periods.

For any kind of queries of your constitutional type feel free to contact us.

Shathayu Ayurveda also caters customized panchakarma procedures to treat your PMS effectively. To know more about this, contact us.

GIVE YOURSELF A PROBLEM-FREE WINTER


Ayurveda being the holistic science teaching us to live in harmony with the laws of nature, it gives immense importance to the seasonal transitions during autumn to winter and thereby advocates changes in habits and routines accordingly.

Concept of seasonal juncture (rtu sandhi) that is, the last week of previous season and the first week of next season is a period which is very critical to all body types.

According to Ayurveda Winter is the time of aggravation of Kapha. Vata also needs to be taken care as it shares some of its qualities with kapha.

Routines to be adopted in Winters are:

1) Unlike other seasons, one can be a little liberal to yourself by giving some extra sleep during winters as the nights are long which means rising up can be preferably by 7AM. But it’s also important to note that day sleep is strictly prohibited in winters.

2) Due to longer nights, one may feel hungry earlier in the morning. The breakfast can be heavier during this season which includes foods which are sweet, sour, salty and unctuous.

3) One should go for a thorough head and body massage with pre-warmed sesame oil at least once in two days followed by a hot water bath which will leave your skin soft and supple, inspite of the dryness and itches that the winter wreaks on your skin.

4) It is useful to get your home fumigated not only to feel warm but also to get rid of menacing insects like mosquitoes and flies appearing in the season post winter rains. Fumigation can be done by burning twigs of Agaru and Neem in a pot with some coconut shells or coal.

5) Yogasanas like Matsyasana, Ushtrasana, Simhasana, Salabhasana along with breathing exercises and meditation will help you curb kapha. Sun salutations (soorya namaskara) can be practised in the morning giving yourself some sunbath.

6) One should include substantial, nurturing and warming foods in their diet plan. Milk, ghee, sugarcane and it’s products can be healthy choices.

7) Honey and sweet fermented preparations like red wine can be consumed. Draksharishta, an ayurvedic fermented preparation can also be taken. 2 teaspoons of the same with 4 teaspoons of water will do right.

8) Black pepper, ginger, clove are some of the musts in your winter food.

9) If you eat meat, winter is the time. Ayurveda prescribes meat of chicken, turkey and other burrow residing animals during this period.

10) A session of vapourization with eucalyptus essential oil or Shathayu’s ONE DROP once in a week is useful to remove the accumulated phlegm (kapha) during winters.

11) Remember to rub a little of sesame oil on your soles before you go for sleep.

A typical *WINTER MENU* can be:

Breakfast: Wheat porridge/ Oatmeal/ Barley soup with some ghee. An energy shake or hot milk tea (chai) can also be taken.

Lunch: Steamed veggies/ Mustard greens in sesame oil/steamed rice with ghee and dal/ whole-wheat bread with khadi ( yogurt soup).

Evening brew: Spice tea (ginger, cinnamon 1/4 teaspoons each with 1-2 buds of clove, boil this with a glass of water. Add jaggery if required) / Mint tea / Lemon tea.

Dinner: Brown rice khichdi/Moong dal chilla with some mango chutney/ Steamed brown rice with rasam or masala okra.

During seasonal transition from Autumn to Winter, some of you tend to get colds, flu, cough or sinus congestion due to aggravated kapha and vata. This can be treated effectively by taking our customized Panchakarma treatments suiting your body at Shathayu Ayurveda.

 

Gift yourself a problem-free winter

 

Article By

Dr. Madhubala Gopinath

Ayurveda Physician